J.R. Smith of the New York Knicks was fined $50,000 for untying his opponent’s shoes. I thought it was hilarious and a great way to gain an edge but the league doesn’t think so otherwise.
In an interview with Bleacher Report, Smith talked about the biggest misconception about him and his shoe-untying adventures on the court.
B/R: What do you think is the biggest misconception about you?
JRS: People think I’m just some wild child, that I’m just somebody that bugs out all the time and doesn’t care. That’s the main thing that pisses me off the most. People who actually take the time to come [to my golf tournament] and get to know me, they know what I’m about. But some people don’t really care to come.
B/R: Do you think that stems from your occasional antics, like when you got fined last season for untying your opponents’ shoelaces?
JRS: I do care about the fines because it’s loss of money, but other than that, I like to have fun. I would do [the shoelace thing] again if there wasn’t a fine. But now that I’m in my 10th year in the NBA, I take the game more seriously than I did my first five, six years.
J.R. Smith certainly knows what’s up. He gets a lot of flak for chucking up shots and for his kookiness on and off the court. But when he untied Shawn Marion’s shoelaces last season, I took it for what he was. J.R. Smith just wants to have fun.
J.R. Smith image courtesy of Getty Images.